In "The Crucible", written by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams is the most despicable and she is the least intricate to figure out. By seeing Abigail's influence on the town of Salem, we can immediately see that she is always telling lies, manipulating her friends, and the entire town. The lies that Abigail tells, influences the destruction of the Proctor family. Abigail's emotions towards Elizabeth is she wants her death. Abigail believes throughout the plot that John Proctor was her only love because she had an affair with him and that the jealousy she had toward Elizabeth would soon come to an end.
Women were publicly hanged and accused of being witches in 1692, and this was seen as okay. Violence against women was greatly accepted and “housewife” was the only job available. Women were trained to rely heavily on their husbands and were not allowed to make any money for themselves. This culture of misogyny led women to begin marrying as a survival tactic. Eventually, women were able to work and often got jobs as nurses or seamstresses during wartime.
.touching nothing, starved and eating of itself” (152). “Empty” refers to her face, as well as her intellect and personality. She is empty because she is thoughtless and selfish, even to the point of trying to ruin her own husband. “Touching nothing” describes how she did not positively influence or leave a mark on anybody or anything. She simply meanders through life selfishly, giving nothing of herself, and living as though she had not been there.
Tom did not like this and decided act upon it by breaking her nose with his open hand. However, this does not change Myrtle’s opinion being with Tom. Throughout the whole novel, Myrtle still does not treat her husband with respect and wishes that she could be with Tom instead as she cares only about her social position. Unlike Myrtle, Jordan Baker already has the social position that Myrtle was dreaming of. Jordan Baker is a very famous golfer and wealthy woman.
Both of these characters commit adultery and both live in the same restricted Puritan era. Yet, Hester is publically ashamed, isolated from the Puritan society, and remains a legend, while Abigail is revered, embraced by her society, and in fact is a ruthless woman; Hawthorne 's Hester is the epitome of atonement and morality, while Miller 's Abigail is an illustration of authority in the wrong hands, and the destructive impact jealousy and vengeance can have on a person. The circumstances which both of these women live in play a large role in shaping their characters. Abigail is a pariah in the society who has painful experiences with love, which are major contributing factors in making her resentful. Miller creates an atmosphere of a really restrictive society in Salem.
The women are treated as if their welfare is unimportant because women are thought of as a mere decoration to the society and are considered useless enough to not pay any attention to. Another evidence, according to Hosseini (2007), “ “...You are not able to think like we can. Western doctors and their science have proven this, This is why we require only one male witness but two female ones” ” (p.390). This proves how
Faith Ricketts Prof. Thomas Intro to theater "Medea" Review Topic: Women and sexism Quote 1 A. Medea telling the women of Corinth about her hardships B. "Of all creatures that have life and reason we women are the sorriest lot" (Lines 230-231) C. Of all living creature women are the worst off D. Women suffer the most out of any other living thing. E. This quotation relates to the topic because it shows that women are being treated poorly and Medea’s frustration with the way women are treated. Quote 2 A. Medea telling the women of Corinth of the unfair differences between men and women B. "[...] divorce is unsavory for a woman and it is not possible to say no to one's husband."
As the novel concludes, Edna sees how impractical her hopes are for life. She accepts that Robert and she will never be together and that she is not willing to continue living a life she is unfit for. She leaves on her own to go back to the start of all awakening: Grande Isle. Upon her arrival she goes to swim and finds herself far out. Similar to her lack of energy to continue with life, her energy to swim back to shore has disappeared.
This was the Victorian era and women were not allowed to do or say much of anything. Hedda reveals her boredom that she experienced during this period. She says, “How mortally bored I have been”. Hedda wants equality. She wants to enjoy the freedom and opportunities that men have.
Women are weak, helpless, and have no real purpose other than to serve men and take care of children. . . or so they were perceived in history. In the Odyssey, one can see that Homer’s portrayal of women challenges the depiction of women during that time period.